Kolkata: After the assurance of the Chief Minister through an audio message that the state government has decided to increase the salary of para teachers across the state, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Monday announces doubling of salary.
Chatterjee while addressing the state convention of para teachers at Netaji Indoor stadium said: " The salary of para teachers at the primary level has been increased from Rs 5954 to Rs 10,000 and at the Higher Secondary level, it has been enhanced from Rs 8,186 to Rs 13,000. It will be effective from March 2018."
Presently, there are 46,000 para teachers across the state. The Education minister also announced a number of facilities for the para teachers. He informed that the reservation for the para teachers will be raised from 10 percent to 30 percent.
Referring to the demands of allowing the para teachers to be a part of an institution's managing committee and share the staff room along with regular teachers, the minister said: "We are aware of the problems that you face. We will sit and discuss about the matter," Chatterjee maintained. He also sounded a word of caution to the para teachers and said the latter should not approach the court at the drop of a hat. "Problems are hardly sorted out in courts. If you have problem, it can be solved at the discussion table," he added.
The minister also assured that the para teachers will be able to work till the age of 60 and then will get retirement benefit of Rs 1 lakh. "We will also try our best to make them permanent," he said. It may be mentioned that Banerjee in March had announced that the salary of the para teachers will be enhanced and so it has been made effective from March 2018.